Beloved Frasier star John Mahoney has died at age 77. The actor passed away on Sunday in Chicago.
TMZ was first to break the sad news after his publicist confirmed his death. The British born actor was best known for his role as Martin Crane on Frasier. He played the charismatic father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s characters, Fraiser and Niles Crane for 11-years. Mahoney won a Screen Actor Guild award for the role and was nominated multiple times for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award.
John singing at my wedding. Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier or anything you can with him in it and raise a glass to John. Remember him well. pic.twitter.com/Tj3i5B4x13
— Peri Gilpin (@GilpinPeri) February 6, 2018
His co-stars immediately took to social media to express their grief over the loss of a man who meant so much to them.
“He was my father. I loved him,” wrote Grammer
“His wicked sense of humor usually whispered in your ear or spoken just loud enough that only you could hear could bring you to tears. And his smile. Oh, my God. He was lit from within. How lucky I am to have had him in my life. I loved him so much and will miss him so terribly,” wrote Jane Leeves who started as Daphne on the NBC hit show.
The talented actor was born in Blackpool, England. He came to the United States at the age of 19. Mahoney taught English at Western Illinois University before his successful career in acting. He was in his thirties before he joined the famed Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble. It was actually because of his older age that he was cast in the theater.
David Hyde Pierce, accepting an Emmy in 1999 for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: "The greatest honour the Academy has ever given me, is to put me in the same category with John Mahoney." https://t.co/tuOf1xeSqI
— Matt Trevithick (@M_Trevithick) February 5, 2018
Although his career began when he was older, Mahoney worked for over 35-years in a profession he loved. Theater was his passion. He even won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves. Along with the time he spent on Broadway, Mahoney was mainstay of Chicago’s theater community.
After Frasier ended in 2004, the actor continued to find huge success in television and the theater. He played Betty White’s love interest on TVLand’s Hot In Cleveland for almost four years. In 2009, he earned critic acclaim and high praise for his role as a anguished CEO in psychological counseling on HBO’s In Treatment.
Frasier star John Mahoney passed away the other day at age 77. He was beloved by many and cherished by those who knew him best.